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Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Samuel E. Kelly Lecture

“Invisible Men: Black and Brown Males in the Academy”

Featuring Joe Lott, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Education

Date: Friday, April 7, 2017
Reception: 5-6 p.m. /Kane Hall Walker Ames Room
Lecture: 6-7 p.m./Kane Hall 220
Cost: FREE but advance registration is requested.*

*Due to the large amount of RSVPs, the lecture hall has reached its attendance capacity. However, if you have not already registered and would like to attend, walk-up guests may be accommodated at the event if space allows. Questions? Contact

About the Lecture

Joe Lott for Samuel Kelly Lecture

Dr. Joe Lott

Higher education is supposed to be a ticket to success, a way to open doors to economic opportunity and upward mobility. Many graduates experience it as just that. Black and Brown males, on the other hand, disproportionately experience higher education as isolating and marginalizing. Their low enrollment rates contribute to their sense of invisibility, and their low graduation rates stunt their ability to fully proper in a variety of ways. But what if Black and Brown men were able to participate in a community of respect, unity and shared commitment? What if they were trained to become civically engaged scholars?  What would their college experiences be like, what would that mean for them after graduation, what might it mean for society?  This lecture will investigate some of those questions and pose some tentative answers.

About the Lecturer

Dr. Joe Lott is an associate professor in the College of Education at the University of Washington. He studies racial identity development and civic engagement among Black students in college, the impact of college experiences on civic and political dispositions, and how to change the college-going culture through parent-school-community partnerships. His current research agenda investigates how to leverage university-community partnerships to foster wellness and educational achievement for males of color along the P-20 continuum. He teaches classes on applied statistics, civic engagement in higher education, school-community partnerships, sociology of education, student development, and educational experiences of Black and Brown males. He has 12 journal publications in peer-reviewed journals and an edited book on multilevel modeling and institutional research. Dr. Lott is the faculty director for the Brotherhood Initiative, a collaborative partnership among the College of Education, Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, the Division of Student Life, and The Graduate School focused on empowering undergraduate males of color to thrive on campus and graduate prepared for a lifetime of leadership, service and success. He also serves as the director for the Leadership in Higher Education master’s program in the College of Education.

About the Series

Dr. Samuel E. Kelly

Dr. Samuel E. Kelly

Named in honor of the University of Washington’s first vice president for the Office of Minority Affairs (1970), the annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture is dedicated to acknowledging the work of distinguished faculty by spotlighting nationally recognized research focusing on diversity and social justice. Understanding differences takes place where there are opportunities to learn and become more informed about other people’s viewpoints, historical perspectives, life experiences, cultures, customs and contributions. Educational institutions have an opportunity and responsibility through teaching and research to promote awareness of diversity and its importance within a campus community and society.

The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodations in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodations for this event, contact the Disability Services Office at least 10 days in advance at: 206-543-6450/V, 206-543-6452/TTY, 206-685-7264 (Fax), or email at